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STATE HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TOURNAMENTS: Lake City boys, girls on to semis

| October 22, 2021 1:25 AM

5A BOYS

EAGLE — It wasn’t a matchup either team wanted, but top-seeded Lake City did it exactly like it has done all throughout the regular season when it comes to Inland Empire League rival Lewiston.

Win, and keep it clean.

Tyler Gasper scored twice in the second half off assists from Kohrt Weber as the Timberwolves beat the eighth-seeded Bengals 4-0 in the 5A tournament opener at Eagle High.

“The team worked hard all season to get to the state tournament and earn a favorable bracket seed, and they didn’t disappoint in today’s opening round,” fifth-year Lake City coach Alan Rich said. “We defended well, attacked with good energy and had a lot of possession in the midfield and our goalkeeper (Tyler Allred) made a couple of fantastic saves to keep another clean sheet.”

Lake City beat Lewiston twice in league play, then again in the regional finals, all via shutout.

“I don’t think either team wanted to drive 400 miles to play another team from our district,” Rich said. “But that’s how the bracket worked out and we are glad to be able to represent North Idaho in the second round tomorrow.”

Lake City (18-0-1) faces Boise (13-2-4) in the semifinals today at noon at Eagle High. Boise, the fifth seed, upset Thunder Ridge of Idaho Falls 2-1 in their opening round match.

Lewiston (8-9-0) faces Thunder Ridge (12-5-1) in a loser-out game today.

First half — 1, LC, own goal, 3:00. 2, LC, Malachi Hutchens (Connor Jump), 29:00. Second half — 3, LC, Tyler Gasper (Kohrt Weber), 45:00. 4, LC, Gasper (Weber), 55:00.

Shots on goal — Lew 4, LC 14.

Saves — Lew, Noah Acord 7; LC, Tyler Allred 2.

5A GIRLS

Lake City 3

Timberline 2

MERIDIAN — Lake City junior Georgia Whitehead scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Taytum Curtis in the 65th minute for the fourth-seeded Timberwolves in a win over the fifth-seeded Wolves of Boise in the opening round of the state 5A tournament at Rocky Mountain High.

“Timberline puts a lot of numbers behind the ball with how they defend,” Lake City coach Matt Ruchti said. “Taytum hit a through ball and it kind of squirted past their defense and Georgia just does what she does and powered one by the keeper.”

Lucy Evans and Elliotte Kortus scored in the first half for Lake City (15-2-0), which faces top-seeded Highland of Pocatello (17-0-0) today in the semifinals at noon.

“We showed a lot of grit today,” Ruchti said. “They’re a direct team, and we spent the first 20 minutes attacking, but then the wind changed and they were able to put more pressure on us. We haven’t played a balanced team like that all season.”

London Carter and Aston Rasco scored in the first half to make it 2-2 at halftime for Timberline (13-5-1), which faces Thunder Ridge (9-7-3) in a loser-out game today.

First half — 1, LC, Lucy Evans (unassisted), 3:00. 2, LC, Elliotte Kortus (Georgia Whitehead), 14:00. 3, TL, London Carter (Brynn Celani), 27:00. 4, TL, Aston Rasco (unassisted), 31:00. Second half — 5, LC, Whitehead (Taytum Curtis), 65:00.

Shots on goal — TL 7, LC 6.

Saves — TL, unknown, 3; LC, Hailey Jo Parks 4.

3A GIRLS

Teton 0

Cd’A Charter 0 (Teton won 4-3 on PKs)

CALDWELL — Sometimes, it’s just not your day.

Thursday was the day for Coeur d’Alene Charter.

The Panthers, seeded second in the state 3A tournament, were tripped up by the seventh-seeded Timberwolves of Driggs in the fifth round of a shootout, ending a run of five-straight state 3A titles.

“Both teams executed their game plans well,” Coeur d’Alene Charter coach Stacy Smith said. “Teton played strong defense, man marking our target forward the whole game and dropping a player deep in their defensive line. We found a few workarounds in the second half, but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. It’s heartbreaking to lose a game in a PK shootout when you’ve dominated a majority of the game. I’m very proud of how my players played through our frustrating moments. While it will take some time for them to digest, I think they’ll be able to hang their hat on the fact that they didn’t lose for the lack of heart or effort. I’m still very proud of all this group has accomplished.”

Coeur d’Alene Charter (16-2-0) faces second-seeded Kimberly (16-2-2) in a loser-out match today.

First half — none. Second half — none. First overtime — none. Second overtime — none.

Shootout — Teton goals: names unavailable. Coeur d’Alene Charter goals: Ava Shivers, Isabella Lucky, Cadence Wilson.

Shots on goal — Teton 7, Cd’A Charter 29.

Saves — Teton, Grace Zogg 15; Cd’A Charter, Danica Nowak 5.

Fruitland 8

Timberlake 1

CALDWELL — Freshman Lucy Simpson tallied the lone goal for the eighth-seeded Tigers in a loss to the top-seeded Grizzlies in the state 3A tournament at Vallivue High.

Timberlake (11-6-0) faces Marsh Valley (13-3-2) in a loser-out match today at 10 a.m.

Goals: TL: Lucy Simpson 1. Fruitland: Abbi Robodeux 4, Ashtyn Frazier 1, Faith George 3.

3A BOYS

McCall-Donnelly 0

Cd’A Charter 0

(McCall-Donnelly won 5-4 on PKs)

CALDWELL — The Panthers, seeded fourth in their third appearance at state, fell to the Vandals on penalty kicks in the opening round of the state 3A tournament at Vallivue High.

Further information was not available.

Coeur d’Alene Charter (12-3-2) faces top-seeded Sun Valley Community School (16-2-2) in a loser-out match today at 10 a.m.

Kimberly upset Sun Valley 1-0 in the opening round.

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